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School board to discuss governance handbook, winter water damage at tonight's meeting

Water pipe burst in January caused significant damage to classroom building

The Pleasanton school board will discuss updating the handbook detailing its procedures, practices and responsibilities at a meeting Tuesday night.

The regularly scheduled meeting will get underway at 7 p.m. in the district office boardroom following closed session.

The school board and Superintendent Rick Rubino were scheduled to discuss the board's governance handbook, which was last revised in 2014, at its July 30 special meeting. However, the item was postponed because they ran out of time.

The board will address meeting procedures and practices as a part of this discussion. The governance handbook outlines the board's roles and responsibilities as well as protocols for various situations, including handling concerns from the public and school visits.

The school board is expected to provide recommendations for possible revisions to the handbook as needed.

Administrators will also ask the school board to approve a resolution regarding emergency repairs that took place at Pleasanton Middle School in January. On Jan. 15, a water pipe unexpectedly burst and caused significant water damage in the 700 Building. Classes were relocated while the building was restored.

Because PUSD administrators deemed this an emergency, the district immediately contracted with American Technologies Inc. to repair the water damage at a cost of $162,000. A claim was filed with the district's insurance carrier, as well.

The repairs exceeded a state-set threshold that dictates that construction contracts over $15,000 be publicly bid. However, a section of California Public Contract Code states that a school board can make a contract without inviting bids in an emergency situation.

By approving the resolution, the board would verify the events and affirm that the district's actions were permissible.

The board will also talk about whether it wants to nominate any of its members to the California School Boards Association. The organization is seeking Asian, Pacific Islander and Hispanic individuals to fill director-at-large positions. The board would place a formal nomination on a future agenda.

At the beginning of the meeting, the board will also recognize PUSD staff who helped prepare for the opening of schools.

At 6 p.m., the board of trustees will meet in closed session to confer with its labor negotiator and discuss anticipated litigation with legal counsel.

The district boardroom is located at 4665 Bernal Ave.

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Posted by Dump Ahmadi Governing Board document
a resident of Walnut Hills
on Aug 22, 2016 at 9:10 am

I hope the school board chooses to dump all the Ahmadi-driven board policies and governing documents that stifle and chill the free speech guarantees of school board members and the community at large. The governing document reads like a military-like etiquette manual emphasizing the limited power of trustees rather than providing them wide latitude in governing the District. In addition, the policies should emphasize the expected lawful behavior of the superintendent and cabinet in claiming all gifts on State mandated filings. I am disappointed that the superintendent chose not to disclose the trip to Colorado to visit movie star Robert Redford with Jennifer Hosterman, former mayor. Ms. Hosterman disclosed this trip on State mandated filings, but Ahmadi's filings for the same period as Hosterman did not.

Interesting that the Hayward board of trustees put the Hayward superintendent on administrative leave recently based on undisclosed gifts and actions deemed threatening to Hayward board members in a closed session that resulted in the filing of a police incident.

Our elected officials should be able to question the superintendent or cabinet with questions such as why are so many teachers being changed to 116% in personnel actions in the latest Board packet and speak freely in Board meetings without fears of retaliation or threats. The Governing Board members as individuals should also be able to individually request information such as financial information, reports, and audit information without having to have a group vote to request information. The current governing board policies stifle the Board from obtaining information and place roadblocks in the way that strictly limit the means for Board members to govern the school district as well as communicate with the press and community at large. The governing document that attempts to rein in Board members and place them under the control of the Superintendent needs to be scrapped.


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